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Torch festival to be marked in Eshan County

Updated:2017-06-30 17:23:25   csa-expo.org

The 3rd China Yi Ethnic Group Flower-drum Dance and Arts Festival will open in Eshan Yi autonomous county, central Yunnan's Yuxi City, from July 14 to 20, with the 2017 Eshan Torch Festival expected to accompany the arts festival from July 7 to 25.

Dubbed as the “Eastern Carnival”, the torch festival is considered the biggest celebration of the Yi ethnic group, the originators of flower-drum dancing.

During the festival, colorful activities including a wood drilling ceremony, a seminar on the inheritance and protection of the Yi ethnic group’s flower-drum dance and an invitational cycling competition will be held.

The wood drilling ceremony is to be held at the Daxishen Mountain Beacon in Tadian town on July 15. After that, torches will be lit and the fires will be carried to the center of National Unity Square in Eshan to send a signal to all the villages across the county to light all the torches, leaving the county dotted with shining flames.

Former torch festival held in Eshan Yi autonomous county. [Photo by Bo Yunfei/people.cn]

Yi people play trumpets at a former torch festival. [Photo by Boyunfei/people.cn]

Thousands of people gather in National Unity Square to celebrate the torch festival. [Photo by Bo Yunfei/people.cn]

Editor: Eric Wang

Keywords:   torch festival Weishan